Wyatt Cenac's examination of policing in America delves wrenchingly into police sexual violence

Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas usually rides its host’s measured, wry comic sensibility over some equally smooth transitions. On Friday’s show, for example, Cenac started out with a bit about the massive student debt crisis (complete with a loan officer’s grasping arm emerging from his viewer mail bag), to a goofy filmed…

2001's Star Child is still out there, looking weird

Among the countless striking visuals in Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey—the towering monolith, the space ballet, the staring red light of the HAL 9000—there are few as baffling as the “star baby” that pops up in the movie’s closing moments. Goggle-eyed, mysterious, and full of strange…

Spotify partially walks back its "hateful conduct" policy after pushback from Kendrick Lamar

Two weeks ago, Spotify made headlines by announcing that it was extending its “hateful speech” and “hateful conduct” policies out into the real world, removing from its playlists music by artists whose off-stage actions are “so particularly out of line with our values, egregious, in a way that it becomes something…

John Mayer’s new soft-rock single gets a genuinely funny, Tim & Eric-style video

John Mayer has tried his hand at comedy before, often with diminishing returns. But now it seems, having dabbled in both stand-up and roast battles, he’s finally reached his absurdist phase with a new Tim & Eric-style music video that’s actually pretty funny. While the song—his new single, “New Light”—is…

Netflix cancels Arrested Development UK press tour after that infuriating NYT interview 

An instantly infamous New York Times interview with the cast of Arrested Development that ran earlier this week has sparked a conversation about what director Steven Soderbergh has called the “extreme asshole clause” in entertainment—the idea that, just because a person’s abusive behavior on set isn’t sexual in…

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Jimmy Kimmel reminds Sam Bee about interviewing "thirsty" Kellyanne Conway on The Daily Show

It was a mini-summit of people who professionally do not like Donald Trump on Thursday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, as Kimmel welcomed Full Frontal host Samantha Bee. While Kimmel took the traditional nightly late-night host shots at Bee’s but once-a-week round of Trump-bashing, they both commiserated over how the current…

Today in trailer happy hour: angry cowboys, Mr. Rogers, and a whole lot of Jake Gyllenhaal

Welcome back to Trailer Happy Hour, where you can walk right in, sit right down, and baby, let your TV and movie teasers and promos hang down. Today, we’ve got Jean-Claude Van Damme fighting people in a submarine, Mr. Rogers doing whatever’s pretty much the exact opposite of that, and a double dose of Jake Gyllenhaal,…